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John Gannon has worked in the Internet and software sectors for the last 16 years in a variety of business development, professional services, technical architecture, and venture investment roles. Recently, John worked at VMTurbo, an early stage virtualization and cloud computing startup software company backed by Highland Capital Partners and Bain Capital Ventures. He joined the company as the first business side hire and led customer development, business development, inside sales and marketing initiatives from alpha through the company's public launch.
Prior to joining VMTurbo, John worked as an early stage venture capitalist at L Capital Partners, where he sourced and performed due diligence on potential investments in Internet and software companies and served as a board observer for OnPath Technologies, a physical layer network switch vendor. Earlier in his career, he worked at VMware, Scient, and FOXSports.com in a variety of technical and professional services leadership roles. He is currently employed by a leading cloud computing service provider.
John received a B.S. in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He resides in New York City with his wife, twin daughters, and an American Hairless Terrier.
on Nov. 15, 2012 :
I found the book to be practical and informative. As someone who has never worked in venture capital, I read it to prepare for a meeting with a successful early stage investor. While some of the advice was applicable to a number of industries, the content also exposed me to some of VC's cultural subtleties. The examples in the book were helpful and the language was easy to follow. I'd happily recommend it to others.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)